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Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum Bendigo, Victoria

The origins of the Bendigo Sub Branch go back to 1916. The splendid building that houses the Museums collection was completed in 1921 by public subscription, a fitting tribute to the AIF. The RSL was granted tenure of occupancy from that day.The Museums beginning dates back to 1996 and was finally opened to the public in Feb 1998. The collection at present covers from the Boer War to Iraq, medals, diaries, weapons, uniforms, personnel effects, trench art, a library and the Grinton collection "A Camera on the Somme". Such is the collection that we are now rotating items of memorabilia.

Contact Information

location
P.O.Box 42 Long Gully Victoria 3550
phone
+61 (03) 5442 4513

Contact

Opening Hours

Open 10am to 4pm Closed some public holidays

Entry Fee

Adult $6, Conc $5, Students $4, Family $15

Location

37 - 39 Pall Mall Bendigo Victoria

To collect, conserve, communicate and commemorate central Victoria’s contribution and experience in military conflict and peacekeeping from colonial to the present day. Combining the Bendigo District RSL Sub-branch Inc and the Passchendaele Barracks Trust collections.

vern sinclair 13 January 2019 11:26 AM

Extremely disappointed with my recent visit.. No longer have we a great collection of military history on display anymore.museum looks more like an art gallery.Total waste of money on refurbishment as is.CURATOR please restore museum to former standard.Will not be recommended to any visitors.TOTALLY DISGUSTED...

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MEDAL SET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Medal set, court mounted, set of 2 re R.A Gardiner. 1. War Medal 1914-1919, silver colour, replica not engraved. 2. Victory Medal, gold colour.

Historical information

Raymond Aubrey Gardiner enlisted in the 4th reinforcements 38th Batt AIF on 8.7.16. Embarked 20.10.16. He passed Lewis Gunnery School in England and was then in the field 3 months when he was KIA by shell fire on 4.10.17. A brother Claude served in the 46th Batt. Refer 1896.

Inscriptions & Markings

"2325 A.Cpl RA Gardiner 38 Bn AIF"

CARD

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

DEATH CERTIFICATE, WWI Germany

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Death certificate for a German Soldier mounted in plain black wooden fram.

Inscriptions & Markings

certificate reads ' Hermann Halbeisen Grenadier 4th company 424 Grenadier Regt. died 27 May 1944'

CAMERA CASE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Lockable rectangular leather camera case for item no. 1319.3. Dark brown with leather carrying strap at top and the name "Grinton" scratched on back. .2) Key for .1).

Historical information

The case and camera 1319.2 belonged to Jack Grinton No 1043, 38th Batt AIF. Part of the Grinton collection which included hundreds of negatives and developed photos that he took during the War. Refer 1317P, 1320P.

BOOK - Courage by the Dozen

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Dark green, soft cardboard cover, black & dark red print on front, spine & back. Background is dark red, front illustrated collection of 14 black/ white, sepia & colour photos. Back has collection of 4 black / white photos & 1 colour poster. 107 pages, cut, plain, white. Illustrated, black/ white, sepia & colour photos, maps, newspaper clippings, certificates.

Historical information

The story of men & women from Nathalia & district whose courage & service distinguished them during the Great War.

PRINT, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

The battle of Long Tan 18th Aug 1966, original painting by Allan Waite 1997.

CLIP

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Grey metal spring loaded clip with serrated jaws. A brass cylinder is attached. The object is possibly part of a gas mask.

Historical information

Item re Frederick Gardner DAVEY DFC No 410533 RAAF. Refer Reg No 3536P for his service details.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped on cylinder: A M 6D.526 MKIV

PHOTOGRAPHS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

All photos are B &W. (.1) A parade of Australian soldiers being inspected by a foreign dignitary. Attached to the photo is a typed paper with detail of the proceedings. (.2 - .8) Same photo as (.1) smaller without the attached details. (.9) A parade of Australian soldiers in 3 ranks, attached to the photo is a typed paper with detail of the proceedings. (.10 - .18) Same photo as (.9) smaller with out the attached details.

Historical information

(.1) The attached sheet in brief. The parade is being inspected by the Premier of the State of PERAK, Mohammed GAZALI BIN JAWI, the troops are 1 RAR marking the end of the successful battle against the Communist terrorists in the south and central Perak north Malaya. A number of the soldiers are named. (.9) The same parade as (.1) with a number of soldiers named in the fore front. The photos relate to the collection of Francis William (Dinky) DEAN BEM, VX93960 2nd AIF, 3742 1 RAR 1943 - 1975. Refer Cat No 124.2 for his service details.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the rear of (.1 - .8) stamped in purple. “Public Relations Australian Army Force GHQ FARELF GUN 63 MC” On rear of (.9 - .18) Has the same as above except the GUN No is 64.

CERTIFICATE & ENVELOPE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

BOOKLET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

A programme of the 22nd Mounted Brigade Races & Steeple chases held on Thursday 7th March 1918 Total of eight Pages Condition of Racing and betting on the back Page Light Brown Paper and black ink

BADGE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Yellow metal badge imprinted with Rising Sun motif & printing. Crown on top.

Historical information

Returned from Active Service No 187814, William J HUMPHREY 46 Battalion AIF.

Inscriptions & Markings

Around edge: ISSUED BY DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE RETURNED FROM ACTIVE SERVICE Inside circle: AUSTRALIAN MILITARY FORCES AIF

PHOTOGRAPH

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Photo, B & W of a young women sitting in chair, the background is clear.

Historical information

Helena Richardson or as she was known “Lena” is part of a collection of 24 post cards and letters during WW1. They are from 8 soldiers one being a cousin. Lena worked at LEGGO’S Bendigo and it is believed that some of the soldiers may have worked there as well.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the photo, “Helena Richardson - Nana Dewar at 19 years.”

MAGAZINE PAGES

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

BOOK - Escape to Death

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Soft cover book, title on front, spine & back. Small photos of escape, red Japanese Rising Sun, soldier figure with camp in background & description of title on back cover. 129 illustrated pages.

PHOTOGRAPH, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Parade of HQ to commemorate the victory over Japan, Morotai, August 16 1945.

PHOTOGRAPHS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

(.1) Sepia tone photo with 2 soldiers standing. The taller on the right is F.W.(Dinky) Dean as a young soldier. (.2) Sepia tone photo with 5 soldiers in a street. F Dean is 2nd man from the right. (.3) Sepia tone photo with a shield showing a scroll at the top and bottom relating to “HQ Coy 65 Aust INF BN”. (.4) B & W photo showing a soldier standing besides a military vehicle, F Dean. (.5) B & W photo with a “U” shaped building in gardens being the “Lavarack Club” . (.6) B & W photo with 2 soldiers sitting on a concrete wall, F Dean with camera. (.7) B & W photo showing 3 soldiers, 2 at rear, 1 in front being F Dean. (.8) B & W photo with 2 soldiers sitting on boxes, soldier on the right is F Dean. (.9) B & W photo with 2 soldiers standing and one seated against a sign “WO’s and Sgt’s Mess”. (.10) B & W photo showing 4 soldiers sitting around a table having a drink, 2nd from the right is F Dean. (.11) B & W photo with 2 soldiers in shorts standing in front of a Jeep. (.12) Sepia tone photo showing a large group of soldiers in Battle Dress 4 rows deep, building and a hill in the background.

Historical information

All the photos relate to the collection of Francis William (Dinky) DEAN BEM, VX93960 2nd AIF, 3742 1 RAR, 1943 - 1975. Refer Cat No 124.2 for his service history.

Inscriptions & Markings

(.11) On rear in pen, “Dad Kelly and remember Harry Woodward, taken 1945 at Morotai”

WALLET

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Brown leather folding wallet with 4 compartments. Closes via 2 press studs. Internal has small pouch with press stud.

Historical information

Belonged to LEO HARRIS No 3132 - KIA 9.8.1916. Refer 2478 for service history also 2476, 2477P, 2479.3.

BOOK - Over the Top With the 3rd Australian Division

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

APPLICATION FORM

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Application form for the Imperial War Graves Commission for The War Graves of the British Empire Cemetery Registers. Foolscap size paper form folded in half, additional notes added to printed form with typed & glued labels. Register for cemetery completed in block typewriting service personnel completed with notice from a newspaper fold line perforated.

Historical information

From newspaper notice: ROGAN, Pte Linten Cyprus, 6947A. 22nd Bn. Australian Inf. Killed in action 11th June, 1918 Age 20. Son of Michael John and Elizabeth Ann Rogan, of Casey St, Maryborough, Victoria, Austraqlia. III. C.2. 253

Inscriptions & Markings

Register for: MERICOURT L'ABBE GROUP MERICOURT L'ABBE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION FRANCE 207-211 Service personnel - see History

DOCUMENTS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Pay book No 257028, brown covers re H.T Ridge. .2) Drivers Licence No 214206, Army issue, brown fabric covers, folds in three re H.T. Ridge Lieut. .3) Drivers Licence No 592440,civilian, yellowish paper, red, blue, black writing re H.T. Ridge. Feb 29-1941. .4) Army "Final Statement account," form W.F.88 re VX149945 Ridge HT, 20.10.44. Paper, black and white, stamped 21 october 1944. .5) Typed note re Lieut H. Ridge, yellowed paper dated 10.3.44, red lettering at top of page " CUTSA New South Wales". .6) Letter, dated 2.5.1942 to Mrs E. Ridge re H. Ridge "Seriously ill with appendicectomy.", letter yellowed. .7) Cardboard , yellowed, typed and hand written re brief description V57996 and VX148845 H.T. Ridge, military and medical history. .8) Telegram Re " V57996 H.T. Ridge seriously ill 30th April." Double sided, front Blue with message, rear red, stamped 1 May 1942. .9) Telegram re " V57996 H.T Ridge removed from ill list 7th May 1942, double sided, front blue with message, rear red, stamped 18th may 1942. .10) Pay book No 195734, yellow covers re H.T Ridge.

Historical information

Henry Thomas Ridge initially enlisted in September 1934 No V57996, 8th Australian Infantry Battalion CMF. He rose to Sergeant then qualified as a Lieutenant on 8.10.41. He was stationed in Darwin during the bombing 19th Feb 1941. He was discharged and the re enlisted as VX148845 AIF on 9.3.44. He served overseas and was discharged 29.7.46 in 8MD Papua. Refer 473P

AERIAL BOMB

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Probably Japanese. Weapon section - brass. (see attached sheet with cataloguing worksheet).

PHOTOGRAPH, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Sepia portrait photo of F.W Knuckey in uniform with peaked cap. Underneath are details re the soldier. Set in green background in a dark stained wood frame.

Historical information

Frederick William Knuckey enlisted on 14.2.16 in HQ's 38th Batt AIF No 66. WIA 14.11.17 (gassed). Hospital 23.5.18 with Myalgia. Drowned at sea as a result of torpedoing by a German submarine. This portrait is one of a number that originally hung in the "Gallery of Honour" in the foyer of the Soldiers Memorial Institute Pall Mall Bendigo now Bendigo RSL Museum.

Inscriptions & Markings

"SIg F.W.G Knuckey, 38th Battn A.I.F, Drowned ex Leinster Enemy Action, Oct 10 1918"

PHOTOGRAPH, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

B&W photo of B.G Cooper with 4 weapons in Malaya during the Malayan Emergency 1948-60. The frame is wood.

Historical information

B.G Cooper No 3/410591. Refer 1723 medals.

BOOKLET - The Great War 1914-1918

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Beige cardboard folded booklet. Front cover has title in blue print with B&W photo of statue of soldier on granite monument with list of names. Back cover has blue print and red and blue flag. Booklet tied with beige cord.

BADGES

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Badge, metal, brass round with white shield with red cross under is a scroll .2) Badge, metal, brass, two sections joined by ring top is scroll in red. Bottom is circular with shield and red cross. Rear of bottom section is stamped.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) "British Red Cross Society, Inter Arma Caritas" .2) "City of Glasgow, The British Red Cross Society" 26730, city of glasgow/18

BOOK - Revolt in the Desert

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Brown buckram hard cover, title in black letters. Illustrated end papers, 333 pages with cut edges, black & white illustrations.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front end paper: C F Morath Healesville Vic 1930

BOOKLET - A Brave Soldier

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Red colour booklet with black & white print. The centre has a black & white head to waist photo of a chaplain wearing a Sam Brown belt. Bottom section of cover has images of a soldier & a WWI 18-pounder canon firing explosives. 31 pages not illustrated.

Historical information

Biography of a Minister, Father William Doyle. Date of Birth 3.3.1873 in Ireland.

Inscriptions & Markings

Top right in black print: 903 Printed underneath title: Father William Doyle S J by EMG

LETTER

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Typewritten reference for No 378 Sgt RJ Suggett from Lt Col AJ Bennet, dated 3/12/18.

Historical information

Robert John Suggett No 378, 38th Batt and 3rd Div HQ AIF. Refer 1647.4 for his service history.

PHOTOGRAPHS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

ENVELOPES

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Faded blue paper envelope cut open. .2) Brown envelope but open. .3) Cream envelope cut open with 2 stamps 1 x Victoria Falls. 1 x King Edward VI and airmail sticker.

Historical information

.1) Letter to Lt Neil McLeod South East Asia from unknown (no address). .2) Letter to Lt Neil McLeod India command from G. McLeod Salisbury. .3) Letter to Lt Neil McLeod South East Asia from G. E. McLeod Salisbury.